Whistler Day 2 – rivers, emerald forest and bears!

Whistler Valley View

Ready to goHustle and bustle at the chalet this morning. There is a real mixture of riders here at Bear Back Biking which reflects the diversity of rising in Whistler. Downhill culture gets all the publicity because of the Whistler Bike Park but the variety of trails and facilities means that small groups will go off in different directions.

Today I had a guided ride off to the area known as Riverside which as it suggests is a series of routes up and down a steep sided valley with a glacial river flowing down the gorge. Beautiful spot with a choice of gravel forest roads or a network of swooping and dipping trails up and around the river. And once again the guys at Bear Back had pitched it just right for my level so I was really able to enjoy it.Whistler

Yesterday was very much about riding skills but today was more about scenery and landscapes, although as most cyclists knows that means more hills – you can’t have views without some climbing and for me why come to a mountain resort unless you are going to get up to a level, even with low cloud around.

And I got to meet the neighbours too!Black Bear - Whistler

The other highlight of the valley was the sheer exuberance of the greens in the little hollows and ponds which featured up and down the valley. It was almost temperate rainforest in its appearance with the combination of ferns and fronds, a rare combination in most countries.

Riverside - Whistler

Riverside Whistler

Kevin Mayne

Kevin Mayne

8 thoughts on “Whistler Day 2 – rivers, emerald forest and bears!

  1. After being there myself in 2011 this brought back a lot of memories and the desire to return. Great blog and great photos.


    • Thanks, it was great. I have a couple more posts saved up, more cyclists should know about Whistler


  2. This seems like it was an amazing experience! How in the world did you manage to see a bear and not freak out? Just looking at the picture and imagining myself there, on a bike, that close to snap it…I got scared!!


    • I guess because those around me didn’t freak, and nor did the bear! To be fair the camera does bring him a bit closer.


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